Welcome to Lower Elementary Southeast
Welcome to our Lower Elementary Classroom! We are a community of active explorers who joyfully spend our days together in an environment that nurtures our love of learning.
"Scientific observation has established that education is not what the teacher gives; education is a natural process spontaneously carried out by the human individual, and is acquired not by listening to words but by experiences upon the environment." -Dr. Maria Montessori
Nadine Elmgren, Lower Elementary Guide
B.A. Marylhurst College, Portland, OR, Education
AMI Montessori Primary Certification, Northwest Montessori Education Center, Portland OR
AMS Montessori Elementary Certification, Ottawa, Canada
The Children's House experience (1988- present):
Young Children's Community Guide, Primary Classroom Guide, Teacher
September 21, 2017
The beginning of a fresh, new school year, is full of hope, opportunity and vitality.
Our classroom environment is beautifully prepared and the children enter with anticipation, excitement to greet friends, old and new, as they unpack all of their carefully selected supplies. We meet together to establish what the basic expectations for our community will be. Conversations are had about the balance of Freedom and Responsibly and how that translates at a very practical level. Together we establish our class creed, discussing how we want to feel and what actions will promote those feelings. Grace and Courtesy Lessons are given so the children are comfortable with the general "how-to's". Mentors are provided to help support new classmates. The Creation Story is given, the starting point to all of history, science, life and existence.
Learning the basics, such as each other's names, how to record daily work choices, and the time are reinforced. Lessons are given, some new, others in review to help clear the cobwebs that have settled in over summer. Gradually the specialists work their magic into our days.
A comfortable rhythm is starting to settle in. Just like the monarch butterfly that emerged from its chrysalis on a recent morning in our room, we too have the opportunity to soar and explore the world in the year to come.